AC Milan consider the Champions League to be the top priority and that is why the ownership and management are planning a couple of reinforcements in January, a report claims.
La Gazzetta dello Sport (seen below) writes that for the current owners, participating in the top European competition is a must for the budget, as well as a source of pride. They know the stadium is full on those great nights, and that the eyes of the world are watching.
Access to the round of 16 guarantees UEFA prize money of almost €10m, which would be added to the ticket revenues which can double the takings, for example in the first leg of the semi-final against Inter the box office brought €10.4m.
That would be a nice boost to the budget, especially in view of January when the club will try to intervene. The difficulties in the attack have convinced the club to bring forward the arrival of a striker who can guarantee goals.
Jonathan David is the name chosen, and the fact he has a contract expiring in 2025 and has struggled so far this season (2 goals in 12 Ligue 1 games, having scored 24 last season) has brought his asking price down to €40m or even lower from the original €60m.
There are numerous candidates for the defence too: Jakub Kiwior of Arsenal, Lloyd Kelly of Bournemouth – who however will probably not leave in January – and now Benoît Badiashile.
The 22-year-old cost Chelsea almost €40m two years ago but was injured for a long time in 2023 and now remains on the bench. Milan, who have also followed him in the past, are attentive and could try for a loan deal.